The Woodward News

April 17, 2013

Mooreland arts, crafts show to start Saturday

Johnny McMahan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Arts, crafts and music are all at the forefront of the 27th annual Mooreland Spring Arts and Crafts Show opening this weekend.

The show is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p..m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Mooreland Fairgrounds. An awards ceremony is set at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Mooreland art teacher and show director Bob Beatley has a number of schools participating including several in the Oklahoma panhandle, as far east as Dover in the Kingfisher area and as far south as Clinton.

Some of the schools with artwork entered so far include Mooreland, Taloga, Laverne, Seiling, Clinton, Canton, Dover, Turpin and Hooker. More are expected by show time.

Judges for the show are Patrick Riley, a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council's Artist in Residence roster who has taught visual art for over 40 years, and Susan Johnson, a professional potter and ceramist who is also an accomplished designer and painter.

On the crafts side, Beatley has lined up quite a list with around 30 artists, crafters and civic booths.

"We have pottery, basket weavers, crocheted items, wood items, a stained glass artist and more," Beatley said.

One of the more unique crafts will be Henna Tattoos, which "basically stains the human body with tea leaves," Beatley said. "If you let it dry you can walk out with some neat tattoos and it disappears within 2 to 3 weeks."

Beatley said entertainment will be going on throughout the show featuring a local rock band VENT, bluegrass artists, pop music, performances by Miss Mooreland and hard rock and country music as well.

In addition to all this, visitors will have an opportunity to bid on numerous silent auction items

"We' re bringing the silent auction back this year and it probably is the best one we've ever had," Beatley said. "We have thousands of dollars worth of items to bid on."

One is a guitar from Gardner Music Store that is "kind of like an old rock and roll electric guitar," Beatley said.

There are also Mother's Day package, romance packages, car care packages, an e-reader and graduation kits.

Door prizes will also be given way every hour, Beatley said.